Balochistan to become Pakistan’s richest province soon

QUETTA: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Saturday said that consequent to incumbent government’s efforts, Balochistan would emerge as the richest province of country, since law and order situation had improved there, reviving development and economic activities.

Talking to the newsmen after chairing meetings with the provincial leadership on the law and order situation as well as the development projects, he said they had discussed the ways to further eliminate the threat of terror from the province besides ensuring the execution of development projects, committed by both the federal and provincial governments.

During his day-long visit, the prime minister met with Chief Minister Sanaullah Zahri, Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai and the parliamentarians of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

During the meeting, he said, in pursuance of the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s announcement, it has been decided that gas supply would be expanded to every district headquarters within this year which would cost Rs 15 billion.

He said work on the longstanding project of solarizing the tube-wells would be initiated this year that would be accomplished in three phases.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said for water storage, all relevant schemes would be discussed with Ministry of Water Resources to ensure provision fo water storage facility to the province.

He told the newsmen that Kachi Canal Project would start functioning within a week or 10 days to irrigate around 70,000 acres of land in Balochistan.

He said during the meeting, they also discussed the projects to be executed under China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

The prime minister announced that the federal government’s social welfare schemes of health cards as well as Benazir Income Support Program would be expanded across the province.

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